Hot Honey Glazed Ham
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- 1½ cups whiskey or bourbon
- ¾ cup Mike’s Hot Honey
- ¼ cup light molasses
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
- 1 12–14-lb. cured smoked bone-in ham, skin removed
Cut cross pattern scores in fat side of ham and brush with glaze.
Add 2 cups water to bottom of large roasting pan and cook at 350F, basting with pan juices every 20 minutes, until it reaches 135F internal temp (approx 1.5-2 hours).
Let rest 10 minutes before slicing and finish with extra Mike’s Hot Honey.
Although the dish can make a big impression on guests, learning how to cook a honey ham is actually very easy, making it a great choice of entrees for beginner home cooks and hosts and hostesses who want to simplify entertaining.
This honey-glazed ham recipe will tell you how to prepare a twist on the classic with Mike's Hot Honey, 100% pure honey infused with chili peppers that bring the perfect balance of sweetness and heat. The glaze also features the robust flavor of whiskey, the sweetness of light molasses and the zip of red pepper flakes and ground black pepper. Keep reading for the full honey glazed ham recipe and get tips for storing and serving.
How to Store the Extra Honey Glazed HamOne of the best things about hot honey ham is that you're likely to have leftovers after the meal. To keep them fresh, pop them in an airtight container and place them in the fridge. Cutting any remaining ham off the bone can make storage simpler. The refrigerated ham will stay good for up to five days.
If you don't plan to eat leftovers right away, freezing leftover honey glazed ham is another option. To do it, start by cutting the remaining ham off of the bone. Then, wrap tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place in an airtight freezer bag. When properly frozen, hot honey ham can retain its flavor for up to 2 months or potentially longer if you vacuum seal it before freezing.
As for what to do with the bone — there's no need to throw it away. Wrap it and put it in the freezer as well to use as a starting point for ham bone soup.
What to Do with Leftover Hot Honey Glazed HamWhen you're ready to enjoy the leftovers from your meal, you have many tasty options. Pop it in the microwave to enjoy hot or eat it cold on its own. Get creative and try repurposing it in different ways. Make sandwiches similar to our pulled pork sliders or put the ham between sliced dinner rolls for a tasty cold sandwich. You can also pair the leftover honey glazed ham with a side like delicious bacon and parm brussels sprouts.
What You Can Serve with Honey Glazed HamKnowing what to serve alongside your meal is as important as learning how to make honey glazed ham. The sweet, salty and spicy flavors of this dish can go well with a wide variety of other recipes, including:
- Scalloped potatoes: The cheesy creaminess of this potato dish makes for a great pairing.
- Mashed potatoes: Creamy mashed potatoes are a tried and true sidekick for ham and are commonly associated with festive holiday meals.
- Salad: Cool things off with a green lettuce salad dressed in Hot Honey balsamic vinaigrette dressing, or bring out the sweetness of the ham with our Hot Honey orzo summer salad.
- Macaroni and cheese: Traditional mac and cheese is a popular side for honey glazed ham, especially when you have little ones dining with you.
- Risotto: This rice dish brings the creamy factor that pairs well with hot honey ham while adding a touch of sophistication to the dinner table.
- Buttermilk Biscuits: Flaky, golden buttermilk biscuits go great with honey baked ham, and you can also use them as the bread for leftover sandwiches.
Can You Use a Boneless Ham, or Is Bone-in Ham Better?
Boneless ham can be a big timesaver because without the bone, your main dish can be easier to carve. However, there are some benefits to bone-in ham that make it come out on top. For one thing, bone-in ham often tastes better as the bone helps maintain the flavor. Bone-in ham is also less likely to come out dry because the bone helps to control moisture during cooking. Finally, bone-in ham has a more traditional look, especially when you place it on a platter with garnishes like orange slices, apple slices or salad greens.
If you do want to opt for boneless ham, follow the same steps outlined below in the hot honey glazed ham recipe, but keep in mind that the meat comes already cooked. As a result, you'll only need to bake it until the ham is hot all the way through. Normally, this will take about 30 minutes. Check the cooking instructions on the ham's packaging for more specific instructions.